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I never got to field test the Loomis Shortstick ( I know it's surprising) the way I wanted to. In fact I didn't get to field test it at all! But recently I've been able to put it through some great and at times pretty rough fishing. Lots of big False Albacore, Blackfin Tuna, Cobia, and muchos big bluefish in shallow water too. Here's what I have to say. Shouldn't have discontinued this rod. But of course they did! This is because of the universal axiom in fly fishing which states: If you find an article of fly fishing tackle (or related) that you like, and it is REALLY good, buy a few of them because the better it is, the shorter the time it'll be available. This has been proven to me again and again! I've used the 10/11 and the 11/12 models lately. First off, the shorter rod (7 1/2 ft.) fights the fish faster, easier, and better than the 9 footer. NO QUESTION. That shorter lever makes a big and very noticeable difference. Add shortening the lever even more (like pointing the rod at the fish or having it mostly horizontal when pulling) and you simply kick A with that fightn' combination. Shorter rod and a fly line to pull through the water tires fish faster than even a spinning rod! You can just about hear the fish crying "uncle" through the bubbles. You even shorten the rod (and lever) more by using your hand on the extended foregrip provided on the rod! It makes a difference. Was asked if I thought these would be good fighting tarpon and I didn't know. Now I can say I think they will do a great job fighting them. And probably fishing them too. But I still have to try on tarpon. I have to see how they are with the repeated pick up and cast scenario common to the poonie game. The rods cast great in a boat, store great, feel so light. I almost got to the point asking why you would even WANT to use a 9 footer in a boat anyway?! Such disadvantages! Note: If you have a 9 footer and it CASTS GREAT, then why stop using it? Rods that cast great for YOU personally are SO hard to come by regardless of length. I should know, I've had to work my way through what seems like millions to find the few I really like (and have liked - may those fine rods and their wonderful memories rest in peace!) These two Shortsticks cast better than the VAST majority of rods I've casted for their line weights. And if I wanted to cast using mostly my wrist, these rods will excel! Try doing that with any of your rods! I don't know about you, but I certainly know of a few casters out there who might be using "just a little too much" wrist. Or maybe thousands! Good Casting, Mark